Sunday, February 9, 2014

January Wrap Up

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2/5 stars)
[Challenges: The TBR Pile, Finish 2013, Science Fiction]
Awful. And what a way to start out this year. But this book DID teach me a valuable lesson here in January 2014--I need to DNF books I don't like/are not enjoying. I have 6,000 TBR books in my pile, and my free time is precious. I'm working full time, I want to start school part time, I'm writing a novel, I have a boyfriend whom I need to spend time with, and most of all, there's some fucking dishes and laundry to do. The time that I carve out to read should be filled with books that I'm truly enjoying and don't take me 6+ months to read because I just don't want to read it hat much. If I put it down and I dread picking it back up, I should toss it.


 2. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (3/5 stars)
[Challenges: Dystopia, The TBR Pile, Finish 2013]
This was a bit disappointing. In my review for The Immortal Rules, I make it pretty clear that I don't really care for Zeke, and I was excited because I truly thought Zeke would be out of the picture in this book for the most part. Of course, that couldn't happen and he's present for more time in this book than in the first. That aside, I don't feel like a whole lot happened in this book, and it left me feeling pretty meh in the end. Here's to hoping its just the second book slump and #3 will rock my socks off.

3. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer (2/5 stars)
[Challenges: Finish 2013, The TBR Pile]
My first DNF of 2014. I read about 160+ pages, so I feel like I definitely gave it a good shot. But nothing much happens for about 100 pages, we finally meet Belinda around 120 pages, but I don't care for her much at all, she's a complete moron. I have no idea if she's the leading lady or what. Either way, this was just so disappointing for Heyer, and the only of her books that I've DNF'd. 

4. Quidditch Through the Ages by JK Rowling (3/5 stars)
[Challenges: The TBR Pile]
World-building wise, this is pretty impressive. The entire history of the sport is meticulously written out here, every last detail down to when various parts of the game were added (such as the Golden Snitch and the Bludgers, etc). However, it was just that--interesting but not that absorbing.

5. Armed & Dangerous by Nenia Campbell (3/5 stars)
[Challenges: The TBR Pile, Finish 2013, Finish/Catch Up On Series]
I was a bit disappointed in this one. It seemed a bit like a transition between book one and book three rather than a story in itself. 

6. The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig (3/5 stars)
[Challenges: The TBR Pile, Finish/Catch Up On Series, Netgalley Catch Up, Finish 2013]
I do love this series, and Chuck's writing style (seriously, go check out his blog. He's like Jillian Michaels to my writing self) but I can't shake the feeling that maybe this would have been best as a standalone. I loved book one and two, but this one fell a bit flat for me. Essentially every book Miriam gets beaten almost to death, runs around while at death's door, almost loses, then wins. Sigh.

I am still behind on my goal of 100 books though. What I'm currently reading:
1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3. Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti
4. Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
5. Splintered by A.G. Howard
6. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
7. The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen